This autumn, MPs and peers will discuss the trade union bill – which threatens the basic right to strike.
For the first time, employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for strikers. This could have big safety implications, lead to worse public services, and will undermine the right to strike. If you have the time you can read the Bill in full as presented to Parliament on 15th July.
The Bill proposes huge restrictions on peaceful picketing and protests. Striking workers will have to tell their employer all their plans – including what they will post on Facebook – two weeks before they strike.
There are lots of other proposals in the bill too – including a specific attack on UNISON reps in the public sector, restrictions on how unions collect and spend their money and lots more unnecessary red tape.
And all of it taken together fundamentally undermines the right to strike.
UNISON is supporting the TUC’s Lobby of Parliament on 2nd November, this is a great opportunity for members like you to talk directly to your Member of Parliament about the Trade Union Bill and get invloved in the campaign to stop it becoming law. Its easy to make an appointment to meet you MP, here is how:
Step 1. Write to your MP here, it takes less than a minute.
Step 2. Tell us if your MP responds by emailing email@example.com
Step 3. Meet your MP on 2nd November, UNISON will send you a briefing pack before the Lobby so you know the facts.
Step 4. Feedback back to us how the meeting went by either emailing us or posting on our Oxfordshire UNISON Facebook page.